Hi there, let me tell you a little bit about myself.
I have worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. I started as a reservations agent for Wardair, and then became a product coordinator for Wardair Holidays. It was a fantastic introduction to the travel industry, Wardair was a wonderful company to work for. When Wardair was sold to PWA Corp, I was challenged with finding a new travel company to work for and finally moved into the retail market. I spent the next 8 years with a Japanese owned travel company called Kintetsu International Express, I started as a reservations agent and ended up as Assistant General Manager. This as well was an excellent learning experience, a new culture and the corporate travel environment. Here I learned all about the Meetings and Incentives part of the travel industry, and found I really enjoyed designing, and operating incentive travel programs for corporate clients, and the logistics of operating large groups of people through various organizations, schools and the JET (Japan Exchange Teachers) program. I worked closely with and learned from our top notch groups team in New York City. Did I mention travel? oh yes, I was able to travel to some fabulous locales with my groups, a lot of work, but a great education for me. After my company went through a change in corporate focus and management, it was time for me to move onto my next adventure. Over the next several years I spent time as a reservations supervisor with Rider-BTI Travel, Program Manager at Maritz Canada, Spa Coordinator at Hockley Valley, and a retail job at a local storefront agency. But I was still looking to find the best fit for me.
When my son was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes in 2004, I needed to find a work/life balance that allowed me to be closer to home. So after a lot of consideration I started my own agency in affiliation with Travel Professionals International. It was really slow going for awhile, but it also allowed me to build great relationships with my clients and spend the time designing fabulous travel experiences for them. My business has grown significantly in the last few years, primarily by client referrals. I love what I do !
I have traveled throughout the US, Caribbean, Asia and Europe. I have been lucky to travel to far off lands as a tour guide. I have had dinner in the Eiffel Tower, taken the Eurostar through the Chunnel, crept along the nightingale floors of Nijo Castle in Japan, and watched a final World Cup soccer game from behind the goal line (and Whitney Houston sang at the closing ceremony). I have found some of the most beautiful secluded beaches in the Caribbean, slept in the rainforest listening to howler monkeys and snorkelled in pristine blue waters. I love to share my travel experiences with my clients.
My focus is to make your travel dreams come true. Through my clients eyes, I get to travel the world every single day. But I still have a lot of places I want to go, how about you?
Marlain Wietzes, CTC